Trevor Chesterfield dies

2011-04-06 13:51
Trevor Chesterfield (File)
Cape Town - Veteran cricket journalist and former first-class umpire, Trevor Chesterfield, has died aged 75 in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where he had been living and working for several years.

According to the Cricinfo website, a regular contributor to various publications and websites across the world, he was also the author of several books, including the biography of South African fast bowler Fanie de Villiers and South Africa's Cricket Captains: From Melville to Wessels.

Chesterfield was present at almost all the World Cup matches held in Sri Lanka last month and appeared in reasonable health, though he had many long-standing medical issues.

A couple of days before his death, he went to a talk show and complained of the unbearable cold in the TV studio.

On Wednesday morning he fell off his bed while asleep and was taken to the hospital in Moratuwa, but is believed to have died on the way.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “Trevor was a true lover of the game and a fine writer for more than 50 years. I knew him from his time in South Africa and he was always a fair, balanced and fearless journalist with strong views on the game, underpinned by a genuine desire to see cricket continue to flourish.

“With cricket being his passion, it was fitting for him to have witnessed a splendid World Cup through to the end. Indeed, I met him during the event in Colombo and it is a shock to hear about his passing. I would like to send my condolences and those of the ICC to his family and friends around the world. His well-considered views and vast cricketing experience will be missed. May he rest in peace.”

Owen Murray Trevor Chesterfield, or "Chesters", as he was known, was one of the true eccentrics in cricket journalism and was obsessed with the sport - his email handle was lbwbambrose, a nickname given to him by Bob Woolmer and a reference to the limp he was afflicted with following an accident.

He lived a global life - born in New Zealand, he moved to South Africa, where he umpired and wrote on cricket before settling down in Sri Lanka, attracted to the warmth of the people and the climate.

In between, he found time for a reporting stint in Vietnam during the war - he would speak of reading Cardus in the trenches, and of trying to attract his American colleagues to an alien game.

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